Working with your veterinarian to better document animal maltreatment

February 12, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Veterinarians can help investigators better document cases of alleged animal maltreatment. Not all veterinarians have training in the emerging field of veterinary forensics but investigators can provide veterinarians with guidance to enhance the identification, collection, documentation, and assessment of evidence from animals. This webinar will give pointers on how to work with your veterinarian to help them help you.

  • Learn how forensic clinical and postmortem exams differ from regular practice;
  • Learn steps to take to help your veterinarian capture information that supports or refutes a non-accidental cause of injury
  • Learn case packaging techniques to deliver information in a concise and effective manner.

Presenter: A veterinarian experienced in animal welfare, emergency veterinary medicine and animal cruelty investigations, Dr. Smith-Blackmore has a special interest in working K9 safety as well as helping law enforcement and animal control officers feel confident in investigating allegations of animal cruelty. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police forensic science committee; the president of a veterinary forensics consulting group; an adjunct professor at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and a Fellow at the Center for Animals and Public Policy in North Grafton, Massachusetts.